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Author Topic: PSXonMCP2 - Interface for VRinsight MCP2 Boeing  (Read 12827 times)

Berndo

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« on: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:16 »
PSXonMCP2 interfaces the VRinsight MCP2 Boeing type with Aerowinx PSX.
Changing the speed of your 747 or dialing in the minimums has never been as easy as before (at least if you haven't used a HW MCP with PSX  :P ). You also get the read-outs you'd expect from your faithful metal bird.

It is only available for Windows machines that support .NET Framework 4.5, that means Vista SP2 and up. All functions are hard-coded and not user-configurable.

I thank the following people:
Hardy for making the best simulator ever. It is simply amazing and inspired me to do some programming of my own again.
Michael (mikeindevon) for his XView plugin. Although some want to fly without eye candy, I like it too much.
Carl (cavaricooper) for being my Alpha tester and giving me the idea of using the User buttons of the MCP2 for EICAS pages.

And everyone else on the forum, this community is really helpful and a treasure trove of aviation related knowledge.

You can get the current release here: Current Release
Included is a short manual that explains the configuration and usage of the MCP2.

Use 7-Zip to unpack!

Update History

v 0.13
Values for Speed, Heading, Altitude and Vertical Speed now show above the respective knobs as far as the LCD display allows that.

Have fun,
Bernd
« Last edit: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:59 by Berndo »

brian747

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« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:50 »
Hi Bernd!

Wow!   :-D

That sounds wonderful. I wish I could take advantage of it, but sadly I was an "early adopter" so I bought version 1 of the VRinsight MCP combo.

I believe that the display capacity is the only significant difference between v1 and v2: is there any hope at all that you might be able to help those of us with the previous version?

Whichever way it goes, though, congratulations on your excellent work with the v2 version of the hardware!   :-)

Cheers,

Brian
« Last edit: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:52 by brian747 »
(Author of "The Big Tutorial" for PS1, and "Getting started with PSX" Parts 1, 2, and 3).

Berndo

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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:28 »
Thanks Brian!

As I had to reverse engineer the serial communication protocol for the MCP2 I'm not sure if the MCP1 is the same.

I uploaded a quick hack - disabled the check for version 2 & the main display. Configure like the released version. No guarantees though and I don't have the time or the hardware to debug this if it doesn't work. Sorry.

Cheers,
Bernd

Edit: Link removed as it doesn't work for the MCPv1
« Last edit: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:43 by Berndo »

Hardy Heinlin

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« Reply #3 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:54 »
Hi Bernd,

is your add-on still in test mode? Do you want me to put it on the Add-ons page? If so, what name should I enter? Full name or just Bernd, Berndo ...? :-)


Thanks!

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brian747

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« Reply #4 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:35 »
Hi Bernd!

I get the "Connected to PSX server!" message, but unfortunately none of the controls seem to have any effect (other than the fact that rotating the SPD or HDG or ALT knobs changes the main Combo display, although the display doesn't reflect the current PSX values, and nothing changes within PSX). Also — when I operate the controls, the Rx LED flashes, but not the Tx.    :'(

Many thanks indeed for trying, and for your sterling efforts.

Cheers,

Brian
« Last edit: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:36 by brian747 »
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nawarren

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« Reply #5 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:36 »
Hi Bernd,

Many thanks for doing this, i have been waiting for it, so thanks for your hard work. I am unable to open the zip file, tried a few times. Can anyone else open it?

Cheers

Neil

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« Reply #6 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:52 »
Quote from: nawarren

Can anyone else open it?


Neil,

working fine here. I used 7-zip to open it.

Berndo

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« Reply #7 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:42 »
@Hardy

It is out of testing, thanks to Carl. If you'd put it on the Add-ons page that would be awesome and "Bernd" suffices.

@Brian

As you wrote: "It was worth a try." Thanks for understanding.

@Neil

I created the zip with 7-Zip as FBO guessed. Checked to download and tested the zip, it is a-ok. So please use 7-Zip to unpack it.


Cheers,
Bernd

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« Reply #8 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:20 »
Hi Bernd, FBO,

Must have been finger trouble :)

Working fine now. Many thanks. Awesome work.

Thank You

Cheers

Neil

Berndo

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« Reply #9 on: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:25 »
Glad you got it sorted out and that you like it!  :D

Berndo

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« Reply #10 on: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:32 »
Version 0.13 uploaded, see first post.


Bernd

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« Reply #11 on: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:07 »
Hey Berndo,

Excellent add on for my mcp2 thought i was going have to splash out on a 747 mcp

Brilliant keep up the good work

Berndo

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« Reply #12 on: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:13 »
Thanks kev32b!

RonnyT

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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:04 »
Hi Bernd,

I have an error in the zip Archiv. I can`t unpack the zip

Regards Ronny

Berndo

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« Reply #14 on: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:51 »
Quote from: RonnyT

Hi Bernd,

I have an error in the zip Archiv. I can`t unpack the zip

Regards Ronny


Ronny - just checked. The file has no errors. Please try downloading again and as already mentioned, use 7-Zip to unpack.

Cheers,
Bernd

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« Reply #15 on: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 18:54 »
I do not have the MCP V2 hardware but I am seriously considering buying the MCP V2 hardware just to run with the software from Berndo.

I would be eager to find out others experience using the MCP 2 Hardware and software combination before my investment.

For example how much functionality remains and how usable is the combination.

I still have and use to use the VRinsight MCP Panel with FSX so have an idea of the solid construction of VRinsight kit.

my email is softcisco-fly at yahoo.co.uk

Thanks in advance.

Graham.
« Last edit: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 18:55 by pcpilot »

cavaricooper

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« Reply #16 on: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:46 »
Graham:

As an early adopter of this bit of kit, I am very pleased with it.  The EFIS is completely controllable as is the MCP.  All EICAS pages are selectable, Cancel & Recall works, and the Radio portion tunes the RCP....I use it every time I fly PSX on my PCs and couldn't imagine not having it.  Indispensable for me.  Your needs/mileage may vary.

Best- Carl

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« Reply #17 on: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 21:06 »
Thanks Carl for your feedback.

The Euro Pound rate at the moment makes it an attractive buy.

I just need to sneak the purchase past the accountant ;-), and sell my current solution, MFD Cougar Panels.

All the best.

Graham.
« Last edit: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 21:09 by pcpilot »

Berndo

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« Reply #18 on: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 18:01 »
Thanks for your interest Graham and to Carl for an enthusiastic response! :)

Just a heads up: During the last weeks several of the encoders on my panel started spiking (e.g. turning the ND range knob one click produced several commands).

The problem should be solved with better quality encoders on newer builds by vrInsight according to an Avsim forum thread.

So I'm starting the RMA process to exchange my MCP for a new one. /crosses fingers

Bernd
« Last edit: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 18:02 by Berndo »

cavaricooper

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« Reply #19 on: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 18:42 »
Bernd-

How old is your unit? Mine is about 1 year old... And no spiking at this time (fingers x'ed).
Lmk if you make any progress please!

Best- C